Pierre-Esprit Radisson: The 17 Century's Forrest Gump

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At a time when most Europeans died within a day's journey from where they were born, Pierre-Esprit Radisson criss-crossed the Atlantic 10 times, was adopted into an Iroquois family and was kidnapped by pirates. Historian Mark Bourrie documents the explorer's adventure-filled life and counters stereotypes about the entire colonial epoch - especially Iroquois society - in his book, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.

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